Social Workers

Applying for a Social Worker Position

The OSPD is seeking a Licensed Social Worker for our Arapahoe Office (covering all the counties in the 18th Judicial District). Click here for a detailed job announcement and how to apply (closing 10/5/2020).>

Public Defender Social Workers serve as part of the defense team and, as such, are bound by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct including rules regarding the attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality. Public Defender Social Workers perform duties and assume responsibility for case assignments under the specific direction, instruction and guidance of the defense attorney.

The general hiring classification is the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) position, which requires the application of fundamental theories of psychosocial variables to assist in identifying the presence of physical or mental health impairments, substance abuse, family or other social history patterns that may impact behavior and development. Under direction of the defense attorney, Social Workers conduct assessments and compile psychosocial histories to develop recommendations for appropriate pretrial release, treatment options, conditions of probation or diversion, and sentencing and post-sentencing options.

Positions in this class require a master’s degree from an accredited college or university educational program in social work; and, licensure to practice social work (LSW) or willingness and ability to obtain licensure within 90 days of employment.


The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability or other protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.